March 31, 2016
Acclaimed playwright and actor Walter Williamson, an alumnus who is serving as Artist-in-Residence at Louisburg College for the spring semester, will stage the world premiere of his new play “Victoria’s Boy” April 6-9 at the Norris Theatre on campus.
The two-act play chronicles the often strained relationship between Queen Victoria and her son, King Edward VII, who is portrayed by Williamson. Victoria blamed Edward for the death of his father, and did not want him to succeed her on the throne because she considered him unfit to rule. In the play’s first act, Williamson portrays Edward the night before his mother’s death. The second act depicts Edward the night before his own death.
Williamson’s film credits include appearances in “Mr. Deeds” and “The Longest Yard.” His theatre credits include supporting roles in “Richard III” with David Carradine and “The Muse” with Albert Brooks and Sharon Stone. He has appeared as a guest star on television shows, including “Greek” (ABC Family Channel), “Andy Richter Controls the Universe” (FOX) and “Slave Ship” (Discovery Channel).
As Artist-in-Residence at Louisburg College, Williamson is serving as a guest lecturer in classes and collaborating with students and faculty.
“Victoria’s Boy” opens at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6 at the Norris Theatre, with additional performances scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 9 and Saturday, April 11. A 2 p.m., matinee performance will also be held on Saturday, April 11. For tickets and information, call the Norris Theatre box office at (919) 497-3300.